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The Palestinian Authority Health Minister decided in January to stop covering Israeli hospital expenses of PA residents who cross the security barrier to receive treatment. This has left strokes untreated, and life-saving chemotherapy, radiotherapy and bone marrow transplants for cancer patients have been put off indefinitely, according to an Israel National News article.

Why would they do such a thing? According to the article, the Minister has said “so that they would not have to be treated by the same country that harmed them”  and “to rid Palestinians of their need for Israeli medicine and deny the Jewish State a ‘propaganda’ campaign that improves its world image while the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority foots the bill”:

Initially, [Minister] Abu Moughli restricted the reversal to Gazans who were wounded during Operation Cast Lead, saying those who were injured were transferred to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Morocco and other Arab countries “so that they would not have to be treated by the same country that harmed them.”

But the PA minister told the AP that the policy change aimed not only to cut costs, but “to rid Palestinians of their need for Israeli medicine and deny the Jewish State a ‘propaganda’ campaign that improves its world image while the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority foots the bill.”

“We are trying to free our health system from dependence,” he said.

The Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan has reported a 60 percent drop in PA referrals since Operation Cast Lead ended on Jan. 18. Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem said it has only received several dozen referrals of Arab patients in February, compared with an average of 1,600 per month (!) last year.

(read the entire horrendous report here)

The article also documents a few specific cases of people who have been directly affected by this new policy, including the case of a six year old child who died because of the stopped treatments.

And there you have it. Yet another undeniable case of the Palestinian leadership failing to help its own people. Their hatred for Israel far outways their love of life.

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